Panama City Beach, Florida is a popular destination for many families and there are lots of excellent restaurants to dine at. The kids and I ate like little piggies while we were there for spring break! After eating as much food as possible, here are our favorites.
Here is an overview of what I thought of many Panama City Beach restaurants. I have only included what I think are the best restaurants in Panama City Beach.
Best Brunch in Panama City Beach
Another Broken Egg – This is my favorite restaurant in Panama City Beach and their brunch is unbelievable. All their food is fantastic from the southern cuisine like grits to traditional brunch like eggs benedict. Their brunch cocktails are amazing too. I highly recommend the Spiked Nutella Latte. 11535 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City, FL 32407.
Best Milkshakes in Panama City Beach
Gulf Coast Burger Co. – If you are looking for fried pickles or fried tomatoes the ones here are excellent. The burgers are spendy, but so delicious and you can customize them however you like. The best part of eating here is not here is not the hamburgers it’s the milkshakes. They offer huge milkshakes for just $12. These freakshakes are way over the top. 10031 Hutchison Blvd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407.
The Yard Milkshake Bar – Technically, this is only a milkshake place, but their milkshakes are phenomenal. They top their milkshakes with stuff like slices of cheesecake. My kids told me these were the best shakes they’ve ever had and at this point they are basically experts. 15801 L C Hilton Jr Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Best Donuts in Panama City Beach
Thomas Donut – For the best donuts in Panama City Beach head to Thomas Donut. It’s a bit out of the way out on the west side of town, but it’s more than worth venturing over there. Not only are they delicious, but they are cheap too. Every day they offer a special donut of the day. I am holding the “donut of the day” in the picture above, it is an apple caramel pie donut and it was the best donut I have ever had! 19208 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413.
5 Restaurants with the best views in Panama City Beach
Schooners – Schooners has good food and an even better view. We like to hang out on the beach near here since it is a public beach, then when we get hungry we hit Schooners. It’s mainly fried food, but they do offer this jerk chicken plate for a healthier option. Beer lovers be sure to try the Grayton 30A Beach Blonde. They also have their own interesting twist on a Moscow Mule, sadly I cannot recall what they call it. It has vanilla vodka. 5121 Gulf Dr, Panama City, FL 32408.
Pelican’s Bar & Grill – Pelican’s is a seasonal restaurant at Sheraton Bay Point Resort. It’s located out on their awesome dock. They offer a small menu, but the cocktails are fantastic and the food is good too. The sunset views are phenomenal. 4114 Jan Cooley Dr, Panama City, FL 32408.
Pompano Joe’s – Pompano Joe’s is one of the larger restaurants at Pier Park. Try to dine here during the daylight to enjoy gulf views. Located at Pier Park. 16202 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413.
Pineapple Willeys – This place is extremely kid friendly. Huge deck with tons of outdoor seating with beautiful gulf view. Great food, fantastic prices. You can eat alligator tail here. Located at Pier Park.
Margaritaville – Sometimes there can be a long wait to eat here. The food is great, but it is expensive. The kid meals were the most expensive I have seen at 7.95. Located at Pier Park.
Best Seafood in Panama City Beach
The Grand Marlin – I took my kids to The Grand Marlin for a fancier dinner while we were in Panama City Beach. I made all of them try the baked oysters, they are so good! The Grand Marlin also has beautiful views of the Grand Lagoon. Their martini selection is excellent. I recommend making a reservation, it was extremely busy the night we dined here. The Grand Marlin is located at 5323 N. Lagoon Dr., Panama City, Florida 32408.
Best Sandwich Shops in Panama City Beach
Andy’s Flour Power Cafe and Bakery – We picked up sandwiches and salads to go from Andy’s Flour Power Cafe and Bakery and took them out to Shell Island for a beach picnic. The sandwiches were huge and the strawberry salad was absolutely wonderful. They are open for brunch and lunch. 2629 Thomas Dr, Panama City, FL 32408.
Liza’s – Liza’s is a small sandwich shop. They make great hot and cold sandwiches. 7328 Thomas Drive, Suite L, Panama City Beach, FL 32408.
Best Cajun food in Panama City Beach
Dee’s Hangout – Dee’s Hangout has good Cajun food. We had a nice dinner here one night and everything we tried was good. 529 N Richard Jackson Boulevard, Panama City Beach, Florida 32407.
Dat Cajun Place – According to the locals I ate at the wrong Cajun food restaurant. For the best Cajun food in town eat here. They have happy hour every day and live music every day. 8501 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408.
Best restaurant across the bridge in Panama City
Hunt’s oyster bar – Good food, good prices. Great local place. Great oysters! 1150 Beck Avenue Panama City, Florida.
Bonefish Grill – They have the best appetizer ever, Bang Bang shrimp. Great food. Little pricey. Is family friendly, but even better for a date night. Unfortunately, they closed the location in Panama City Beach, but the one in Panama City is still open. 641 West 23rd Street, Panama City, Florida 32405.
More Great Restaurants Nearby, Along Scenic 30A
Shades Bar and Grill – This family friendly bar has a have nice upbeat atmosphere. The prices are decent. Large appetizers and huge entrees. You could easily just split an entree between two adults. Pizza was quite good. Kid meals run 5.75. 10952 E County Hwy 30A, Panama City Beach, Florida 32461.
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